Pasco Police: Armed robber threatened store clerk and stole cell phone

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Image courtesy of the Pasco Police, Facebook

PASCO, Wash. — A Tri-Cities cell phone store was robbed at knifepoint last Friday night. Local law enforcement has identified a potential suspect, but he hasn’t been located just yet.

Pasco Police officers posted to the department’s Facebook page on Monday morning; asking the community for further information. Officers say that the suspect was last seen wearing dark pants, a blue long sleeve polo shirt, straw sandals and a red bandanna being used as a face mask.

The robbery occurred around 5:15 PM on Friday, April 23, 2021, at the ‘Metro by T-Mobile‘ shop at 800 W. Lewis St in Pasco. The suspect allegedly entered the business armed with a knife, which he used to threaten store employees. Pasco Police say that the suspect threatened to rape a young female clerk who was working at the front desk at the time of the incident.

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Officers confirmed that the suspect fled the scene of the crime on foot with a Kyocera K51 cell phone that he stole from the business. Pasco police deployed K9 Hapo2 in an attempt to locate the suspect in the surrounding area, but weren’t able to find him.

Police say that the potential suspect they identified is known to the police department and his family members as homeless and may have been under the influence of narcotics during the robbery.

Pasco police urge anyone with further information that could assist this investigation to reach out directly. You can do so by emailing Detective Jed Abastillas (abastillasj@pasco-wa.gov) or call Pasco Police Dispatch at (509)628-0333. If you do reach out, be sure to cite Case No. 1-11318 (Robbery).

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